West Des Moines, Iowa Population 2023

71,622

West Des Moines is a city located in Dallas County and Polk County Iowa. West Des Moines has a 2023 population of 71,622. West Des Moines is currently growing at a rate of 1.3% annually and its population has increased by 3.96% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 68,895 in 2020.

The average household income in West Des Moines is $107,492 with a poverty rate of 6.65%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in West Des Moines is 36.1 years, 35.2 years for males, and 37.1 years for females.

West Des Moines Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of West Des Moines was:

  • White: 83.25%
  • Asian: 6.33%
  • Two or more races: 5.36%
  • Black or African American: 3.86%
  • Other race: 1.07%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.07%
  • Native American: 0.06%
State
Iowa
Land Area (mi²)
47.1 sq mi
Density (mi²)
1,520.80/sq mi
Growth Rate
1.3% (921)
Growth Since 2020
3.96% (2,727)
The current population of West Des Moines, Iowa is 71,622 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 68,895.

West Des Moines, Iowa Population 2023

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White56,31183.25%
Asian4,2826.33%
Two or more races3,6245.36%
Black or African American2,6113.86%
Other race7261.07%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander460.07%
Native American400.06%
showing: 7 rows

White

Asian

Two or more races

Black or African American

Other race

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Native American

West Des Moines Population by Race

West Des Moines Population Pyramid 2023

West Des Moines Median Age

36.1

Total

35.2

Male

37.1

Female

West Des Moines Adults

There are 52,715 adults, (9,419 of whom are seniors) in West Des Moines.

West Des Moines Age Dependency

56.2

Age Dependency Ratio

21.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

34.5

Child Dependency Ratio

West Des Moines Sex Ratio

Female33,58949.66%
Male34,05150.34%

West Des Moines Population by Age

West Des Moines Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All30,7752.1958.541.5
Non Family14,1281.2639.560.5
Married12,9763.0380.719.3
Female2,3212.8245.854.2
Male1,3502.7167.132.9
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2.92

Average Family Size

2.19

Average Household Size

58.5%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

West Des Moines Households and Families

Male

Female

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Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

West Des Moines Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

West Des Moines Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among native american people with a rate of 100%.

West Des Moines Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$54,517

Average Earnings

$59,480

Average Male

$46,605

Average Female

West Des Moines Earnings by Educational Attainment

West Des Moines Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

West Des Moines Language

86.44% of West Des Moines residents speak only English, while 13.56% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Asian and Pacific Island languages, which is spoken by 5.25% of the population.

West Des Moines Language

West Des Moines Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White53,9472,9515.47%
Multiple3,61468819.04%
Hispanic3,30540312.19%
Black2,58834713.41%
Asian4,2822415.63%
Other7267310.06%
Native40410%
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6.65%

Overall Poverty Rate

6.35%

Male Poverty Rate

6.95%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in West Des Moines

The race most likely to be in poverty in West Des Moines is Multiple, with 19.04% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in West Des Moines is White, with 5.47% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.51%. Among those working part-time, it was 12.69%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 13.93%.

West Des Moines Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade28.6%
High School10.36%
Some College5.3%
Bachelors or Greater4.05%
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West Des Moines Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed38.49%
Male Unemployed16.67%
Female Employed5.02%
Male Employed3.84%
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West Des Moines Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

West Des Moines Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

West Des Moines Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

48.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

50.9%

Male Marriage Rate

46.9%

Female Marriage Rate

West Des Moines Married by Age and Sex

male

female

West Des Moines Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

West Des Moines Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

West Des Moines Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

2,991

Number of Veterans

2,788

Male Veterans

203

Female Veterans

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West Des Moines Veterans by War

count

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West Des Moines Veterans by Age

count

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West Des Moines Veterans by Race

West Des Moines Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

3.89%

Veteran Poverty Rate

27%

Veteran Disability Rate

West Des Moines Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

74.2%

Labor Force Participation

72.1%

Employment Rate

2.7%

Unemployment Rate

West Des Moines Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

West Des Moines Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

West Des Moines Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

61.18%

Born in West Des Moines

89.77%

Native Born

10.78%

Foreign Born

5.83%

Non Citizen

4.95%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

89.77% of West Des Moines residents were born in the United States, with 61.18% having been born in Iowa. 5.83% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

West Des Moines Place of Birth

Note: data after 2021 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
19404,252-73,1513.31%
19505,6151,3632.82%
196011,9496,3347.84%
197016,4414,4923.24%
198021,8945,4532.91%
199031,7029,8083.77%
200046,40314,7013.88%
201056,609
201157,8201,2112.14%
201259,0311,2112.09%
201360,2421,2112.05%
201461,4531,2112.01%
201562,6641,2111.97%
201663,8751,2111.93%
201765,0861,2111.9%
201866,2971,2111.86%
201967,5081,2111.83%
202068,8951,3872.05%
202169,7928971.3%
202270,7019091.3%
202371,6229211.3%
202472,5559331.3%
202573,5009451.3%
202674,4579571.3%
202775,4269691.3%
202876,4089821.3%
202977,4039951.3%
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West Des Moines Population by Year